The Countdown is On to Missions Focus – Videos

If you’ve been in the services the past few weekends at Timberline Church, it’s likely that you’ve seen a few of our teaser videos as we countdown to Missions Focus. In case you missed one, here they are again.  (The password is “Timberline.”

Each will “be continued” April 1st and 2nd.

What Does It Mean to Adopt a Region?

Five years ago, Pastor Dary Northrop and others in Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) leadership started talking about the relationship between missionaries and their supporting churches. Often, the church sends financial support to a wide number of ministries and in exchange, those missionaries send out semi-regular email newsletters with a few stories and prayer requests. Honestly, that exchange can feel a little out of balance.

The question was raised: how could a missionary add value to the church in return? The answer? Go deep. Build a relationship. Offer a piece of ownership in the work God is doing in the nations. Knit ourselves together to finish the task.

For Timberline Church, we have a history of going deep as we have previously invested more than money in specific regions such as Guatemala, El Salvador, and Haiti by sending teams and sponsoring building projects. We will continue to support our missionary partnerships in various places locally, nationally, and globally with prayer, teams, and finances.

However, we have also accepted the opportunity to adopt a region. Instead of a one-time trip or donation toward a project, we are choosing to weave our mission’s efforts into the hope of an entire community.

While you can read more about the Finish movement in Eurasia here— http://www.eurasianorthwest.org/adopt-a-country/ —adoption is a comprehensive commitment that includes four pieces.

  1.  An intentional prayer focus
  2.  Sending short-term teams multiple times a year
  3.  Sponsoring various projects within that country
  4.  Financial support for every AGWM missionary in that country (soon to be seven couples)

Specifically, Timberline Church has adopted the countries of Georgia and Armenia. Geographically speaking, these nations are sandwiched between Russia to the north, the Black Sea to the West, and Azerbaijan to the East with Turkey and touches of Iran to the South. Historically speaking, there is a long Christian heritage in this region that is now predominantly Muslim. In fact, the walls of the ancient monasteries tell the story of Armenia as the first Christian nation in the world.

“Georgia with its many unreached people groups, including hundreds of thousands of Muslims, and its long Christian heritage, offers opportunities to reach the lost that must be taken. Working with the national church, we can finish the task in Georgia by making sure every demographic group, every geographical region, and every unreached people group has the opportunity to hear the gospel truth in a culturally relevant way.” 

“Through centuries of persecution, Armenia has been preserved as a lighthouse for Christ in a sea of Islam. Today Armenia is a strategically located springboard from which an equipped church can launch the gospel into the surrounding darkness to spread throughout the Middle East. Realizing a strong, healthy church in Armenia can reach the nations–especially Muslim nations–in ways others cannot, finishing the task here means working with a committed national church to ensure every part of Armenia has meaningful access to the gospel and a strong local church to train faithful disciples so that Armenians can rise up and take their long-ordained place in God’s plan to reach the nations.” 

– Shahan G. Teberian, Geographical Leader, Caucasus Region

What does it mean to adopt this region? For us, it’s a personal commitment and deliberate investment of our time, talent, and treasure. For the missionaries we partner with, it’s the knowledge that they have unwavering support behind their work. Through adoption, together we can help change the spiritual destiny of these nations.

Speed Date A Missionary FAQ

In just two weeks, it will your opportunity to Speed Date A Missionary and so far there have been a lot of frequently asked questions.
When is it again?
Monday April 3rd and Tuesday April 4th starting at 6 p.m. and getting over around 8 o’clock.
 
Does that mean I should come both nights?
No. Both nights have exactly the same program scheduled so pick the night that works best for you.
 
How will this dating thing work?
Starting at 6 p.m., attendees will get their food and find a seat at one of the seven clusters of tables. At around 6:30, each of seven missionary couples will scatter to those groups and begin to share about themselves and their ministries leaving a little time for a few questions. After just twelve minutes total, a signal will be given and the missionaries will move on to the next group while the attendees get to stay in one place and soak in the information. Once the missionaries have made the complete rounds, the formal program is over but the missionaries will linger near a few informational tables to answer additional questions. Doing the math, attendees should be free to leave around 8 o’clock.
 
Who are the missionaries that will be there?
There are two local couples: one serving law enforcement chaplains and the other using the platform of athletics to reach the hearts of high school and college aged young people. Two are part of national ministries: one couple works to help communities thrive at The Dream Center in Utah while the other makes inroads to and through the motorcycle culture. Globally, there are three couples coming: one changing the lives of HIV/AIDS children in Uganda, one coordinating and overseeing efforts to reach our adopted region of Georgia and Armenia, and one amazing couple serving in a sensitive region where God’s love shines bright in a dark place.
 
Why do I have to sign up?
With seven couples trying to talk in the same room all at the same time without microphones…let’s just say seating is limited within each cluster of tables so that everyone can hear our guests.
 
Will you feed me?
Yes. There will be food.
 
What does it cost?
It’s free. You just have to sign up ahead of time to guarantee a seat.
 
What about my kids?
Childcare is provided, but must be signed up for in advance. Go to www.timberlinechurch.org/MissionsFocusChildcare to make your reservations.
 
It’s not too late to get a date. Sign up at the missions table in the mall to reserve your seat. And while you are there, buy your tickets for Sunday evening’s Food, Faith & Foth event and put your name in the drawing for the amazing handwoven rug from the country of Georgia.

Love Reaches: A Mission For Everyone

Over the past year, there have many internal changes within the Love Reaches (Missions) department, including the shift from a single overseeing pastor to a team approach. Since then, the missions leadership has been praying for wisdom about where God is taking us in the future and how more people can get involved. 
 
As we move towards Missions Focus weekend, here are a few thoughts to ponder:
  • Timberline Church exists to lead people into transforming relationships with Jesus Christ and others.
  • We value being respectful of people’s journey, being relational in building bridges to our community and world, being relevant in communicating truth, and being real in living and teaching.
  • We help accomplish these through expressing the message of Jesus in word and deed.
  • At Timberline, “Love Reaches” is not an add-on ministry, rather it is at the core of who we are.
  • Our “Love Reaches” responsibility is to spread the Gospel locally, nationally, and around the world.
  • Our intention is to provide opportunities for every Timberliner to be able to invest their time, talent, and treasure by praying, giving, or going.
  • We believe that as people become engaged in serving, life change occurs.
  • Our plan is to come alongside and enhance the long term work on the ground where our missionaries serve as they meet the physical and spiritual needs of their communities towards long term impact for the Kingdom.
  • We work to support our missionary partners in a way that benefits their work and not our agenda.
  • We know that God does not need us to accomplish His will on Earth, but realize that He wants us to participate.
All that to say, Love Reaches is and has a mission for everyone. How will you answer the call?

Team Heading to San Francisco

On March 11-18th, 10 Timberline College volunteers will serve people in material poverty in the Tenderloin District, one square mile in San Francisco housing 37,000 people within 586 low-income housing apartments. In partnership with City Impact, a group that exists to “intervene on behalf of the people in the inner city of San Francisco”, Timberline’s 10 volunteers hope to stand in the gaps and intercede for people who have no Christians in their lives to share the good news with them. They will deliver and serve meals, assist kids at the local school academy, bring dignity to those involved with the women’s and street ministries, and bring joy through an event called TL Revive where the community can enjoy music, free clothing, barbecue, grooming and conversation.

Please pray for safety, provision and a deep connection to the Holy Spirit as He leads these 10 missionaries in interactions with the local people. As well, many of the missionaries will have never seen a world as poverty-stricken as this area. That often means they will need an extra measure of faith and confidence in the darkest places they may go.

For more information about City Impact, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt4kHWFBO5w

To help City Impact in your own way, visit them at http://www.sfcityimpact.com

If you are interested in helping support these Timberline College volunteers, you can find more information at http://www.timberlinecollege.org

Enter To Win a Piece of the Redemption Story

tree-of-life

It’s not a celebration without a door prize and this year’s Missions Focus features a handwoven masterpiece from the Republic of Georgia. Behind the rich colors and intricate design however, lies an even more beautiful glimpse into the redemption story.

Once upon a time, the Azerbaijani people were known for their beautiful rugs. The skill was passed on from grandmothers to mothers to daughters and many of their finished products are currently displayed in museums around the world. But as modernization crept into the culture, carpets replaced rugs, machines replaced women, and synthetic dyes replaced the natural colors until the tradition almost vanished.

tree-of-life-detail

Along came a man who had studied how to make rugs and how to dye the yarn made from hand-spun wool. This same man and his wife longed to build bridges of relationship to reach this primarily Muslim people group, starting with those living inside the borders of the Republic of Georgia. Because of their desire to resurrect this lost art and provide a sustainable income for a family, they started to teach women to weave again. Today, all proceeds from the sale of each rug remain in the weaver’s village. (Find out more about the rugs at rewoven.net.)

Timberline Missions has purchased one of these rugs, specifically one featuring the Tree of Life design. Valued at $1200, the rug measures six feet two inches by four feet seven inches. The weaver, a woman named Mubarak, is the youngest of twelve children and has a daughter of her own. Using her eye for color, she has placed a personal touch within the design using drawings from her child’s school notebook.

tree-of-life-in-progress

In addition to the usual blue and white trees on a red background, she has included a collection of animals and family members including butterflies, shepherds, turtles, children, and reindeer.

How can you enter to win this gorgeous reminder to pray for the Azerbaijani people and the Republic of Georgia? Simply stop by the missions table in the mall during one of the weekend services in March to put your name in the drawing. The winning name will be announced Sunday evening April 2nd during the Food, Faith, and Foth event.

Plan Now For Missions Focus 2017

 

Missions Focus 2017 is one month away but you should start planning now. Why? Because it’s YOUR story too and since there is limited seating available at several of the events, advance sign-up is required.

Missions Focus kicks off on April 1st and 2nd with our regular weekend services featuring our very own Missions Specialist Norm Edwards as the speaker. In addition to the services, there will be many tables in the mall featuring upcoming short term trips, our visiting missionary guests, and your last chance to enter the drawing for the hand-woven rug. (This rug has a remarkable story that we’ll be sharing on Monday.)

Sunday night, April 2nd, features “Food, Faith, and Foth” including a catered dinner, an inspiring talk by a former missionary kid, Pastor Dick Foth, and then announcement of the winner of the rug. Tickets are $5.00 to help cover some of the cost of the meal and can be purchased at the Missions table in the mall any weekend in March. Childcare will be provided but must be signed up for in advance. Seating is obviously limited so make plans to get your tickets early.

Have you ever wanted to find out about several missionaries in a short amount of time? If so, Speed-Date-A-Missionary is the event for you since it offers the chance to hear from seven different missionary couples serving locally, nationally, or around the world. Sign up is required to attend either Monday or Tuesday night (April 3rd or 4th) since seating is limited. This event is free. Childcare will be provided with advance registration and a light meal will be served. The program is the same each evening so pick the night that works best for you.

This is the year for Missions to become YOUR story. Stop by the missions table in the mall during the weekend services in March to find out more about our short-term trips and get signed up for a Speed Date or Food, Faith, and Foth.